SpinON is an event for spinners, based in Ontario, Canada. Spinners participate individually, and may also form teams, to spin as much yarn as they can during a 4-day marathon. The purpose of this event is to promote the craft of hand spinning, and to encourage the use of locally raised wool, and other local fibre (alpaca, mohair, angora, etc.).
Each spinner who registers will be in the running for their individual yarn production. There is no cost to register. Just submit your name and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org before noon on Wednesday 28 October.
You may also form teams of up to 10 spinners. Choose a Team Captain to act as a contact person. Team Captains, please send the name of your team and a list of your team members to email@example.com before noon on Wednesday 28 October .
You may spin with a spindle, a spinning wheel, an e-spinner, or some combination of all these methods. There is a separate category for spindle spinners. If you plan to spin and ply using spindles exclusively, please indicate this when you register.
You may spin any fibre you choose. In the spirit of SpinON, you are encouraged to use Ontario wool, or other local fibre.
All components of the yarn to be counted toward your SpinON production must begin the competition as fleece or prepared fibre. You may prepare the fibre before the event, as long as the preparation doesn’t involve spinning. Yarn production will be measured in metres, with credit for plying. Measure the length of wound-off plied yarn x number of plies + 1x length (for plying credit). Chain plied yarn is treated as 3-ply (length of wound-off chain-plied yarn x 3 + 1 x length). Singles may also be counted by winding off the bobbin and simply measuring the length.
You may begin spinning any time after 12:01 am on Thursday 29 October and you must stop by midnight on Sunday 1 November. To qualify for the competition, spinners must submit their results (length in metres of yarn spun during the 4-day marathon) to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Tuesday 3 November. The winners will be announced on Friday 6 November.
Winners (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place) for the most yarn produced by a Team (any method), an Individual Spinner (any method), and an Individual Spindle Spinner will each receive a certificate of achievement. Participants are welcome to set any additional challenges and to award prizes if they wish.
Use this event as an opportunity to focus on your personal spinning goals. Improve your mastery of a skill, or learn a new one. Or just make a dent in your fibre stash! Promote your craft. Promote your Guild or spinning circle. Promote a local sheep farmer, mill, or retail fibre business. Promote a particular sheep breed.
Over the past few months, we have had to cancel our Guild meetings, programs, and conferences in compliance with the public health guidelines to limit the spread of Covid-19. It is possible that we may not be able to get together to spin with our team members or to have spin-in-public events this year. But SpinON is one event we can participate in together from our own homes if necessary. If this is the case, then social media will be more important than ever as a way to keep in touch with other spinning enthusiasts, and to raise community awareness about the craft of hand spinning.
Please post about your participation in the event. Follow the SpinON group on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/groups/418762182070514/ to exchange information and ideas with other participants.
Let’s have some fun. Celebrate our craft, and the wealth of fibre that is available to us close to home.